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Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing
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Skyful of Lies Showreel (WMV)
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Since February 1996 Nik Gowing has been a main programme anchor for the BBC's 24-hour international TV news and information channel BBC World News, produced by BBC News. The channel's distribution is 278 million in 200 countries with a weekly audience of 78 million.

From September 2006 he has presented the premium news analysis programme 'World News Today with Nik Gowing' for the fast-growing European peak audience. From July 2007 the focus of his programme shifted to the fast-growing South Asia audience at 1600GMT. He is also a regular moderator of the Sunday news analysis programme 'Dateline London', BBC World Debates and the annual Nobel Minds discussion between Nobel laureates. He has been a guest presenter of 'Europe Direct', 'HardTalk' and 'Simpson's World'.

Nik Gowing's role draws both on his extensive reporting experience over two decades in diplomacy, defence and international security and his presentation / chairing skills. He has been a principal programme anchor for much of BBC World's extended, continuous 24-hour/7-day week coverage of major international crises like Kosovo in 1999. In the 2003 Iraq war he anchored BBC News coverage across four BBC TV channels from near Central Command in Qatar. He was on air for the unfolding Tsunami catastrophe on Boxing day 2004, and for six hours shortly after the twin towers were hit in New York City on 11 September 2001. The 9-11 coverage won the 2002 'Hotbird' award. He fronted coverage of the unfolding drama of Princess Diana's accident in Paris in August 1997 and made the announcement of her death to a global audience estimated at half a billion. He also anchors special location coverage of major international events like elections, and chairs BBC World Debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the annual Nobel Awards in Stockholm.

Nik is a distinguished conference chair/moderator and speaker. He is also a lecturer and published analyst on crisis management and the handling of real-time information in times of major emergencies. His most recent book, "Skyful of Lies" has been widely acclaimed and looks at how, in times of crisis, there is now a relentless and unforgiving trend towards an ever greater information transparency brought about by the Internet, and that goes way beyond the assumed power and influence of the traditional media.

He has an international portfolio of commitments that draw on his extensive experience over almost three decades in diplomacy, defence and international security. He was head-hunted by the BBC from ITN, where he was award-winning Diplomatic Editor for Channel 4 News in London and for 18 years covered most of the world's major news events.

He is currently updating the analysis as a Visiting Fellow at the Reuter Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Politics and International Relations Department at Oxford University.

From 1998 to 2004 he served two terms on the council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, including membership of the Executive Committee from 2000-2002. From 1996-2005 he served as an independent governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, much of it as the non-party vice chair. He is a member of the executive council of the Royal United Services Institute, the council of the Overseas Development Institute, the board of the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe, the Advisory Council at the Wilton Park conference centre, and the Advisory Board for the University of Birmingham's Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy.

He is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation, and a member of the steering committee of the British-German Konigswinter committee and the Strategy Committee of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition at Harvard University.

"An excellent, thought-provoking and challenging presentation. It really was quite special. Many people went away from his talk seriously wondering if we are as well-prepared as we need to be. Let's hope we never have to find out." Comment on his 'Skyful of Lies' presentation to Emirates senior executives. May 2010

"In retrospect Business Day was great fun - although I must admit I had gone through grave doubts of pulling it off - but you did inspire us to greater confidence in what was quite a challenging concept.

"as usual the programme becomes more spirited when you are around.

"The response to the Business Day, both from those that attended from the COP negotiations and from our own members and CEOs, has been overwhelmingly positive. In no small part was this due to your moderation and leadership of the plenary sessions and your guidance and support to us beforehand. Both (Barbara and I) thoroughly enjoyed the experience working with you and learnt much to take with us into the planning for our future events.

"Many thanks for your guidance and skilled execution of the day. Without you - it would have been a lesser event"
Praise for Nik following his chairing of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development business day in Copenhagan - December 2009

"with your professionalism, our discussions on critical challenges facing the energy sector were channelled in such a way as to share a maximum amount of information in an interesting and dynamic way...thanks so much for helping to make this year's IEA Ministerial such a success."
Nik Chaired the International Energy Agency Minsterial Meeting in October 2009

"I would like to reiterate the IMF's appreciation for your absolutely critical contribution to what we feel was a very successful conference. I know that President Kikwete and the Tanzanians feel the same way...In terms of the conference, your session, in my view, was the turning point. You injected edge and energy into the proceedings...Your session was the fault line event."
The International Monetary Fund on Nik Gowing - March 2009

"For me, your contributions leading panels and interviewing Dr Kissinger were highlights of a really interesting day. I was particularly pleased with the outcome of the Kissinger interview which I know from feedback received left many awe-struck…thank you once again, it was a pleasure working with you."
Barclays Capital - Asia - November 2008